Shaped by Faith Courses

Shaped by Faith Online Learning

Shaped by Faith webinar learning opportunities are available to you through The Stevenson School for Ministry.  Experienced faculty developed a learning design that includes options to either meet online and/or learn face to face in small groups. This flexible design includes five-week e-learning sessions with regular zoom gatherings to form community or parish ministry teams. Consider the following options to strengthen your mission enterprises while deepening your faith.

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In partnership with the Lower Susquehanna Synod-ELCA and as part of the Collaborative Mission Center, these online learning opportunities are available at no cost through the Diocese of Central PA’s Shaped by Faith voucher system. To register for an online learning opportunity using the Diocesan Shaped by Faith voucher initiative, simply check the box “I/we would like to use a Shaped by Faith voucher this course.”

Winter 2019-2020 Session A (November 1 – December 15, 2019)

Parish Life Share Our Story and Follow Jesus

Ways to Share Our Story and Follow Jesus

INSTRUCTOR: Deacon Marsha Roscoe
COST: No cost if using Diocese of Central PA Shaped by Faith voucher or $75.00 per person or $150.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: Monday evenings at 6:00 PM starting 11/4/19

Explores how to seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people.  Students engage scripture and prayer practices that help us identify and name our own encounters with Jesus and that seek and name where we see the presence of Jesus in our communities and neighborhoods (five-week course).

Parish Life Sharing the Lectionary

Discovery of Gifts for Congregations

INSTRUCTOR: The Rev. Kate Harrigan
COST: No cost if using Diocese of Central PA Shaped by Faith voucher or $75.00 per person or $150.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM starting 11/10/19

A Discovery of Gifts for Congregations is a five-week course specifically designed for recognizing and utilizing the spiritual gifts of a congregation, both corporate gifts and individual gifts. The congregation will be guided in how to discern what their solid gifts, emerging gifts, and hidden gifts may be. The course will explore the strategies for using these gifts in practical and faithful ways within the life of the congregation and its mission, so that participants will have the tools to be able to explore, understand, and use its gifts to share this knowledge and skill within the congregation.

Parish Life Stewardship

Congregational Stewardship: Best Practices and Strategies

INSTRUCTOR: The Rev. Rob Blezard
COST: No cost if using Diocese of Central PA Shaped by Faith voucher or $75.00 per individual and $150.00 for two or more from the same congregation
DATES: Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM beginning 11/5/2019

Leaders know well the obstacles and pitfalls that come from guiding a congregation in financial stewardship, but there are also plenty of opportunities for growth. In this class, which could be a stand-alone class or a sequel to “Changing your congregations’ Money Culture,” we’ll explore ways to bring stewardship into the congregation in a way that will help lead congregants into deeper discipleship and a better understanding of generosity, God’s abundance, and the work of the church.

The Message of Mission

The Message of Mission

INSTRUCTOR: The Rev. Marsha Roscoe
COST: No cost if using Diocese of Central PA Shaped by Faith voucher or $150.00 per individual to audit or $300.00 for vocational credit
DATES: Monday evenings at 8:00 PM starting 11/4/19

The church has the critically important task of communicating the message of Jesus Christ to the world.  This ten-week course explores how the apostolic witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ is at the heart of the church’s mission. Reflecting on scripture and God’s call for us, we use the Book of Acts as a model for contemporary ministry in the communities in which God has planted us.

Winter 2019-2020 Session B (January 9 – February 22, 2020)

Parish Life Erradicating Racism

An Introduction to Eradicating Racism

FACULTY: Kevin Baron
COST: TBA
DATES: TBA

Using the framework of the Episcopal Church’s “Becoming a Beloved Community” this introductory course on antiracism will lead participants through five pillars rooted in helping us to live out our Baptismal Covenant; Learning to Live the Beloved Community: the Good News of Liberation for Individuals and Society; Serving Christ in All Persons; Learning the Truth About the Church and Race; Telling the Truth to Ourselves; and the Construction of Racial Identity. Course resources will be used that address systemic racism, identity, and justice. Participants will be asked to examine these concepts through the lens of scripture.

Joining the Jesus Movement

Joining the Jesus Movement

FACULTY: Kate Harrigan
COST: TBA
DATES: TBA

This five-week course module centers on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calling us to join the Jesus Movement in a loving, liberating and life-giving Way. It is designed to address the ways in which we understand our call to participate in God’s mission in the world and how that call may be implemented in lay ministry or in ordained ministry.

Small Parish

Transforming Life and Faith in the Smaller Parish

FACULTY: Kate Harrigan
COST: TBA
DATES: TBA

Transforming Life and Faith in the Smaller Parish is designed for lay leadership, such as vestries, ministry leadership and clergy who are serving or will serve the smaller parish. The focus is on Pastoral Care and Parish Life and ways to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ. This includes how the congregation provides means of connection and communication, how the successful smaller church vestry is organized and operates faithfully, and how lay ministry is formed, encouraged and strengthened.

Celtic Spirituality

Conversations in Celtic Spirituality

FACULTY: Mark Scheneman
COST: $75.00 per person
DATES: TBA

This parish-based program is designed for 5-6 sessions, led by a local convener and mentored by the Rev. Mark Scheneman. Fr. Mark will arrange to visit with the group for its initial meeting and give a presentation overview of Celtic Spirituality and the program.

Spring 2020 (February 24- March 23, 2020)

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Foundations for Evangelism: Doing What Matters to God

FACULTY: Deacon Marsha Roscoe
COST: $75.00
DATES: TBA

This five-week course uses Mark’s gospel to explore the critical questions of “who?” and “why?” (more than “how?” and “what?”) to better understand what it looks like to join Jesus in the Jesus Movement. Through deepened spiritual practices, students will begin to cultivate beginning skills for everyday evangelism and invitation. This course is pass/fail.

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Designing Dynamic Liturgies

FACULTY: The Rev. Shawn Strout
COST: $75.oo
DATES: TBA

This five-week course will explore principles and best practices for designing dynamic liturgies. The full breadth of the Book of Common Prayer, Enriching Our Worship, The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Wonder, Love, and Praise, and other liturgical and musical supplements will be discussed. The topics covered include the liturgical year, the Daily Office, the Eucharist, Baptism, Lent and Holy Week services, and special services. Special attention will be paid to smaller-resourced parishes. This course is pass/fail.

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Shaped by Faith Basics

FACULTY: Deacon Marsha Roscoe
COST: $150.00
DATES: TBA

This ten-week course is designed to help leadership respond to the practical challenges of ministry: declining membership, diminishing budgets, and depleting spirits. Grounded in the basic missional principles for Christ’s church (invite, transform and send), students are better equipped to address the spiritual realities of the church.  Students will reclaim focus on the purpose of Christ’s church by engaging a variety of tools to configure vital ministries that allow us to serve God’s mission with vitality.

Some of the critical topics covered include:

  • Spiritual Transformation Precedes Systemic Change
  • Congregational Spiritual Autobiography
  • Who are your leaders and how are they selected? (change bylaws if needed!)
  • Leadership team characteristics: Behaviors, expectations & faith practices
  • Basics for Strategic Planning for Mission
  • Sharing Faith Conversations
  • Developing guiding principles
  • Stewarding Mission
  • Community Listening
  • Neighborhood Mapping

This course is pass/fail.

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The Message of Mission

FACULTY: Deacon Marsha Roscoe
COST: $150.00
DATES: TBA

This ten-week course helps students develop an understanding that the heart of the church’s ministry and mission is rooted in the apostolic witness to the gospel. Grounded in the New Testament Book of Acts, we better understand how Scripture informs the shape and direction for our ministries.  Students explore how the marks of the church as represented in the Book of Acts are embodied in the lives of their local context.  This course is pass/fail.

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Community Listening as Evangelism

FACULTY: Deacon Marsha Roscoe
COST: $75.oo
DATES: TBA

This five-week course helps students develop skills for focused listening and explores how to assess needs and possibilities for mission.  Students will be equipped to map their immediate mission field and to identify individuals and organizations with whom they might be in relationship.  Students reclaim the classic understanding of a parish being intimately connected with the community. This course is pass/fail.

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Pursuing Excellence in Ministry

FACULTY: The Rev. Dr. Mark Scheneman and The Rev. Dr. Stephen Casey
COST: $75.00
DATES: TBA

In this five-week module, various case studies will be examined and discussed, representing a diversity of styles and settings, but all representing common benchmarks for strong and effective pastoral leadership. Topics will include strategic planning, dealing with conflict, managing change, exercising humble authority, and healthy self-care.

Current SSFM students can register online here. If you are new to our school, register here.

If you would like more information about these courses, please contact:
The Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, Dean
Phone: (717) 315-8088
Email: rszoke@diocesecpa.org